How employers can keep on top of Covid-19 vaccinations
Apr16

How employers can keep on top of Covid-19 vaccinations

The NHS is inviting over 45s to book their vaccines, with younger age groups expected to be invited in the coming weeks, because all the over 50s and those in high-risk groups in the UK have now been offered their first dose of the vaccine[i]. As more employees will be having the vaccine it is important for employers to keep track of which employees have had their jab to ensure the safety of their workforce, as well as their customers...

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How to combat rising stress levels amongst remote workers
Apr08

How to combat rising stress levels amongst remote workers

The nation’s mental health is now a major cause for concern for employers says Adrian Lewis, Director of Activ Absence. This Stress Awareness month Adrian is pressing for employers to do more to recognise and address signs of stress and burnout before they escalate into something more serious. This follows a new study from the Stress Management Society and Huawei which found that 65% of people in the UK have felt more stressed since...

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Long Covid could lead to a rise in costly absenteeism if employers are unprepared
Mar24

Long Covid could lead to a rise in costly absenteeism if employers are unprepared

Growing concerns around the number of people suffering from Long Covid should be prompting employers to consider how they might support employees suffering symptoms and manage rising absences, warns Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence. According to the Office for National Statistics around one in five people who tested positive for Covid-19 had symptoms that lasted for five weeks or longer, and one in 10 had symptoms that lasted for...

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Long Covid-19 could lead to a rise in costly absenteeism if employers are unprepared
Mar12

Long Covid-19 could lead to a rise in costly absenteeism if employers are unprepared

Growing concerns around the number of people suffering from Long Covid should be prompting employers to consider how they might support employees suffering symptoms and manage rising absences, warns Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence. According to the Office for National Statistics[i]around one in five people who tested positive for Covid-19 had symptoms that lasted for five weeks or longer, and one in 10 had symptoms that lasted...

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Businesses should prepare for a surge in holiday bookings & ensure they have digital systems in place
Feb26

Businesses should prepare for a surge in holiday bookings & ensure they have digital systems in place

Over the next few months employers can expect to be inundated with annual leave requests warns Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence, who says this makes it more important than ever to have robust systems in place to manage these requests and prevent HR getting overloaded. Following the Government’s announcement[i] on 22 February of how they will ease lockdown restrictions in England, holiday companies have reported a large rise in...

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Absence management technology helps GPs & pharmacies manage sick leave as vaccine roll-out ramps up
Feb08

Absence management technology helps GPs & pharmacies manage sick leave as vaccine roll-out ramps up

With GP practices and pharmacies under increasing pressure from the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out and the pandemic, Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director at Activ Absence says that absence management technology can help be an essential tool at this busy time to help them get on top of sick leave, reduce the cost of absences, and manage staff shortages. A BMA Covid-19 tracker survey[i] last October revealed that staff shortages were a concern...

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Managing the challenges of ‘hybrid-working’ post pandemic
Dec07

Managing the challenges of ‘hybrid-working’ post pandemic

COVID-19 has accelerated workplace trends of working from home as well as a ‘hybrid-working’ – a combination of home and office working, which is set to continue in 2021. However Adrian Lewis from Activ Absence warns employers need robust policies and tools in place to ensure this is managed successfully. This comes as a new survey from Resilience First[i] highlighted that more than half of remote workers are now suffering from...

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How not to underestimate the cost of employee absence to your business
Nov26

How not to underestimate the cost of employee absence to your business

A new survey into sickness absence rates and costs highlights an upward trend in the number of sick days an employee typical takes, with many employers underestimating the cost of absenteeism, something Adrian Lewis from Activ Absence is urging employers to address.  The research from XpertHR[i] shows that the UK’s median absence rate has risen slightly from 2.5% of working time in 2018, to 2.7% – translating to 6.4 days’...

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Why managing stress must be a priority for employers during COVID-19
Nov02

Why managing stress must be a priority for employers during COVID-19

In International Stress Awareness Week (2nd – 6th Nov 2020)[i] Adrian Lewis from Activ Absence is urging employers to ensure they have effective systems in place to spot and manage stress in their workforce, especially as many are working remotely because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest October figures from the Office for National Statistics[ii] suggest that of the people who said their wellbeing had been affected by the...

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How tracking absenteeism can help tackle mental health in the workplace post Covid-19
Sep17

How tracking absenteeism can help tackle mental health in the workplace post Covid-19

In the run up to World Mental Health Day on 10th October, Adrian Lewis, director at Active Absence is calling on employers to offer better support for staff who may be suffering from mental health issues, which are amplified this year due to Covid-19. Recent analysis by the charity, Centre for Mental Health[i] suggests that at least half a million more people in the UK may experience mental ill health as a result of the global...

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Why employers should be embracing flexible working for new Dads post Covid-19
Sep04

Why employers should be embracing flexible working for new Dads post Covid-19

One in five (19%) new dads have faked illness at work to take care of the children and 20% of dads have changed jobs to better reconcile work and family obligations, according to a new report from telecommunications firm PowWowNow[i]. Adrian Lewis, director at Active Absence says, “Many men want to take a more active role caring for their children, and some are even prepared to leave their job to find an employer that better supports...

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Why employers should be encouraging workers to take annual leave to support mental wellbeing
Aug14

Why employers should be encouraging workers to take annual leave to support mental wellbeing

With the August Bank holiday coming up, as well as many people having had to delay holidays due to the pandemic, Adrian Lewis, director at Activ Absence, is urging employers to remind workers about the importance of taking annual leave for their mental wellbeing. Recently the NHS Confederation[i] highlighted that doctors are seeing a rise in people reporting severe mental health difficulties, following a more than 30% drop in...

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How do you manage a workforce with staff going into quarantine or self isolation?
Jul30

How do you manage a workforce with staff going into quarantine or self isolation?

The news this week that holidaymakers will need to quarantine for two weeks after returning from Spain[i] highlights one of the major challenges facing employers as the UK tries to get back to normal working life, says Adrian Lewis at Activ Absence. Spain was added to the UK’s quarantine list from midnight on Saturday with just a few hours’ warning. This comes as Europe is bracing itself for a second wave of...

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How can HR teams manage holiday leave challenges post Covid-19?
Jun25

How can HR teams manage holiday leave challenges post Covid-19?

As Government plans[i] are set to be unveiled regarding so called ‘air bridges’ which will allow  holidaymakers to travel to low risk countries without quarantining from 4th July,  Adrian Lewis, director at Activ Absence warns that managing annual leave could be a major challenge for companies post Covid-19. During the crisis, the government announced that untaken statutory holiday leave could be carried over for two years...

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How can companies can manage post-Covid 19 work challenges?
May21

How can companies can manage post-Covid 19 work challenges?

Employers are facing major long-lasting work challenges following Coronavirus and may need to adopt new ways of managing employees, says Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence. New research from GoldLeaf[i], a video conferencing company, highlights that 60% of people would like to work from home more often than they did before lockdown. Of these, almost two thirds would like to work from home either two or three times a week, and one...

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